Friday, August 27, 2010
Oh snap! I just found out that my all time favorite artist and single largest influence on my work Jose Luise Garcia Lopez is gonna be at the Baltimore con this weekend! He is the artist who did the design work for the Galactic Gaurdians Super Friends show (the final season of Super Friends) and did pretty much all the major marketing art for DC comics over the last 25 years or so. Remember Superman peanutbutter or have you ever seen a Superman lunchbox? Yup, he is the guy that did all that stuff and it looks like I'm gonna have a chance to meet him. I have to scramble to find something to get him to sign. I have a few comics that he has done, but I gotta find something really cool for him to sign. I can only hope that when I speak to him I don't get star struck and can still form sentences.
The piece I'm posting today is good example of how his work has impacted my style. I think I just may give him a print of it when I see him at the show.
See yall in Baltimore!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I'm coming down to the wire with the Star Wars sketch cards. I won't even say how many I still have to do. All I can say is that it's clear to me that I'm gonna have an all nighter in my future.
The good news is that The ID crew is all set and ready to rock the Baltimore Comic Con. The show is this weekend Saturday, August 28th -29th at the Baltimore convention center. The entire crew Domonike Stanton, Jose Jaro, Bryan Turner, Peng-Peng and myself will be holding it down at tables 111 and 112.
I'm looking forward to selling a bunch of prints and doing a bunch of commissions. So if you are gonna be at the show come on down and say hello!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I am falling behind! I have over 300 sketch cards to complete in under 3 weeks. I seem to be at the mercy of the world around me for the moment. It just seems like I cant string together any consecutive ours of work to really get into a groove. I'm gonna have to rethink my strategy to get everything done in time and still hold onto my sanity.
In the mean time I figured I would post some cards I did for March of Dimes charity auction. I decided that from now on whenever someone asks me to do charity work I'm gonna draw the SuperFriends. I figure they are my all-time favorites so I'm bound to do good work and hopefully bring in big bucks for charity.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
So after months of networking and knocking on doors I finally have a shot at working on an officially licensed Star Wars project! It is the Clone Wars season 2 sketch card set. I'll be working on a bunch of cards that will go straight to the hobby market and a bunch that will be headed to retail stores across America. I have been doing sketch cards for a while now working on characters i have loved since I was a kid, but to actually have an opportunity to work on Star Wars is more than I could have hoped for.
My deadline on the project is pretty tight though. I'll be doing about 17 cards per night for the next 2 weeks straight plus a bunch of caricature gigs next week and a few other projects that need my attention. Then at the end of the Month is the Baltimore Comic con.
I did the sketch of chibi Anikin as a warm-up before I jumped into sketch cards last night. I figured I would throw some quick colors on it and share it with yall.
Wish me luck!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I am really pressing up against some tight deadlines on some sketch cards, but I gotta post this real quick. Peng-Peng and I did up some Stitch personal sketch cards for a friend and she posted hers so I can't let her one up me. So here it is! I really had a lot of fun working on this. Lilo and Stitch was such a great movie with amazing character design work that it made drawing Stitch a breeze. Hopefully you all out there in blog land will love it too.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
So Every year Peng-Peng and I go to Otakon (really big anime show) in Baltimore and we always have a great time. Normally We will hit the dealer room for almost the entire show and buy a bunch of cool anime related knick-knacks and other goodies and generally soak up all the anime culture. This year we had toyed with the idea of getting a table in artist's alley and setting up to do the show like we would a comic con. We applied on the first day that the show opened registration, but, the show is so popular that we didn't make it in. We ended up being put on the waiting list, and we didn't have much hope that we might actually get a table.
So months pass and the date for Otakon arrives. We head on out to Baltimore to attend the show as fans and BOOM! We find out that we are able to get the Artist Alley table after all. It was great, but terrifying. We had to scramble to put our stuff together for the con, plus I had scheduled a caricature gig during the second day of the show. It all felt like a huge gamble. We had never done an anime show before and we couldn't be sure that our art would be received in a positive way.
Well, let me tell you.... The show was amazing! The fans at Otakon showed us so much love that Peng-Peng and I could hardly believe it. We got so busy that we had to close commissions on Saturday! I did have to leave for about 5 hours to do my gig, but Peng was a trooper and powered the day on her own (there was also this whole thing with someone pulling the fire alarm and let me tell u it SUCKED!).
I know for a fact the we will do everything on our power to do the show as artists again next year, and hopefully some of the other members of ID will be able to make it as well. We always seem to have a greater impact when we r all together.
anyhow, I hope u all enjoy looking at these pics of commissions I did at the con as much as I enjoyed sketching them up!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I have been all over the place this month! I did a fair in Virginia, and drew tons of caricatures and put a lil money into my pockets at the same time. I thought I would share a few pics with yall so u can get an idea of what a day at the fair is like. wish I had more to say,but I guess the photos will have to speak for themselves